The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small Himalayan country east of Nepal, nestled between China and India. This deeply traditional nation has been slow to adopt modern development; a country-wide ban on television and the Internet was only lifted in 1999, and only after the previous king abdicated power in 2006 did the nation have its first parliamentary elections.
The present monarch, the fifth Druk Gyalpo — Dragon King, graduated in Oxford, married a 21-year-old commoner and is loved by his 700.000 subjects. Bhutan is often rated as one of the happiest countries in the world, and the Dragon King is now seeking to strengthen ties with other nations while preserving as much of Bhutan’s independence and culture as possible.
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